Use Holiday Stories and Songs for Scrapbook Page Journaling
Design by Tracy Kyle
Rather than using traditional journaling to accompany photos of her kids at the holidays, Tracy used the tale "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," formatting the passage in her word-processing program to create a semicircle text block. She also brought in textural elements by including the circles cut from embossed velvet fabric and lush velvet ribbon.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company (notebook, green floral), Sweetwater (brown), Making Memories (stripe, small floral). Font: Journal by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Making Memories (bracket), Doodlebug Design (letters). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon, pin: Making Memories.
Hide Additional Photos Beneath Page Embellishments
Design by Jennifer Perks
The gift boxes along the bottom of Jennifer's festive holiday layout serve double duty as both page embellishments and a spot to stash additional photos of the festivities. Made from cardstock, the presents are dressed up with brads, punched circles, and snips of ribbon.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Uncle Charles (journaling) by Autumn Leaves, Impact (inside gifts) off the Internet. Rub-on: Creative Imaginations. Chipboard accents, brads, beads, acrylic accents, ribbon slides: Queen & Co. Paint: Making Memories. Ribbon: Flair Designs (red velvet), American Crafts (white polka dot), Pebbles Inc. (red, red stripe), Offray (green-and-red sheer stripe), Creative Impr essions (green rickrack, red with green stitching). Punch: EK Success. Magnets: BasicGrey.
Create Plush Page Embellishments with Flock
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki added colored flock to the chipboard stars that line the bottom of this scrapbook page, attaching the finished stars with simple stitches. She also coated adhesive dots with the powdery flock to create the polka dots around the page edges.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue, red, stripe, Dear Santa), Sandylion Sticker Designs (beige). Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (stars), American Crafts (letters). Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: Sakura of America. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Ribbon: Maya Road. Thread: Coats and Clark. Adhesive: Ranger Industries (dimensional adhesive), Stix 2 Anything (adhesive dots).
Scrapbook Present-Opening Photos
Design by Miley Johnson
Miley was thrilled with this great reaction picture of her daughter. She pulled the blues and greens from the gift's packaging and the red from her daughter's shirt. She also cut out the stars from the patterned paper to use as bullet points for her journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (stripe, solid), KI Memories (star, holiday words). Font: Quirky by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Junkitz ("joy"). Rub-ons: Chatterbox. Fabric words: 7Gypsies.
Use a Grid to fit Multiple Holiday Photos
Design by Shannon Montez
A multiple-photo grid and clean lines make Shannon's detailed layout totally hardworking. She converted her color photos to black-and-white so that she could pick the color scheme she wanted.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (red, stripe), Sassafras Lass (green). Font: Della Robbia BT off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: KI Memories (tree, flower), American Crafts (heart).
Scrapbook Cookie-Baking Sessions
Design by Anabelle O'Malley
Who could resist this little guy? Anabelle grabbed a priceless shot of her son gazing over the year's best cookies. She kept a piece of white background paper showing to handwrite her journaling, cutting it in a swirl to add movement to the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Daisy D's Paper Co. (yellow), Bazzill Basics Paper (red), The Paper Company (white). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (circles), Fancy Pants Designs (stripe). Sticker: Making Memories (letters), 7Gypsies (circle). Chipboard accents: Making Memories (stars), Heidi Swapp (hearts, brackets, "little"), Chatterbox ("baker"). Pen: Marvy Uchida.
Keep the Focus on Holiday Photos
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki added dimension with photo corners and a word circle surrounded by brads. She applied the rub-ons to white cardstock strips outlined in black, framed the label with a label holder, then attached it with brads. Overlapping the pictures kept the layout grounded.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, chipboard photo corners: Scenic Route Paper Co. Rub-ons: Imagination Projects. Pen: Sakura of America. Brads, label holder: Queen & Co. Label maker: Dymo.
Use a Punch to Crop Detail Photos
Design by Polly Maly
Polly used a square punch to keep her pictures uniformly sized and matted them with cardstock in colors that match the bought felt embellishments she used to decorate her title and journaling block.
SOURCES: Stickers: Paper Bliss by Western Crafts. Punch: Marvy Uchida.
Scrapbook Old Holiday Photos
Design by Ruth Dealey
Ruth wanted to remember a Christmas from 1975 on this scrapbook page, but didn't remember much about the event. So she based her journaling on what she could see in the photos and designed a page that gives equal weight to the snapshots and her story.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, rub-on: Déjà Views for The C-Thru Ruler Co. Pen: Sakura of America.
Turn Your Page Title to run Vertically
Design by Vicki Boutin
You don't have to run your title and journaling in the same direction. Vicki mixed it up by going vertical with one and horizontal with the other, which complemented the lighthearted tone of her pictures.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Chipboard coaster: Li'l Davis Designs. Rub-on: Scenic Route Paper Co. Pen: Sakura of America. Brads, photo turns: Queen and Co.
Use a Coordinated Holiday Line to Make Pages
Design by Erin Roe
It's easy to match papers and embellishments when they're all from one line. Erin grabbed paper, stickers, and die cuts in pretty colors just right for a traditional holiday. Her fun photos help share the joy of Christmas morning.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts: Anna Griffin.
Showcase Holiday Decorations on a Scrapbook Page
Design by Sande Krieger
Decorations are a big part of Sande's holiday, and she snapped a few photos of her decor for this scrapbook page. Sande grouped, edited, and embellished her photos using her image-editing software, then printed out the collage and added more embellishments and design elements by hand for a paper/digital hybrid scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (red), Epson Matte Photo Paper (white). Stickers: BasicGrey (swirl), 7Gypsies (yellow border strips, "Wanted: Elves", "Official Tour", journaling spots), Making Memories ("holiday"), Fontwerks (red circle), American Crafts ("decor", "25"). Rubber stamps: Hero Arts (tree), 7 Gypsies (small trees, "Notes" circle). Ink: Memories. Rubons: 7 Gypsies (numbers, phrases around photos), BasicGrey (hand). Gemstones: Hero Arts (on tree), Me & My Big Ideas (rhinestone circle). Software: Photoshop CS3. Digital elements: French Laundry Photo Edges v.2 (photo frames), Peace & Joy -- Seasons Greetings v.2 by Sande Kreiger.
Emphasize Key Points of a Photo
Design by Paula Gilarde
Paparazzo Paula caught a sneak in the act and couldn't resist documenting the less-than-angelic moment. For look-at-me emphasis, Paula highlighted part of her photo with a digital circle brush. A stamp or rub-on would provide the same effect on a paper layout.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. Fonts: LD Royal Portable (title) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Digital elements: Something Blue Studios (patterned paper), Digital Design Essentials (inked overlay, stitching), Two Peas in a Bucket (scroll and circle brushes).
Hand-Stitch a Photo Border
Design by Mellette Berezoski
To give this scrapbook page a homespun look, Mellette included multicolor buttons in her hand-stitched photo border. To keep her stitches straight, Mellette used a large scrap of cardstock as a template and punched holes around it with a paper-piercing tool.
SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (green stripe), Karen Foster Design (blue trees), Making Memories (red holly). Rub-ons, flowers, metal accent: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: Zsiage. Brad: The Paper Studio. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Pen: American Crafts. Photo: Anita Matejka.
Set off a Page Title with a Digital Frame
Design by Heather Melzer
Heather used her software's Marquee tool, selected the circle shape, and cut out a section of the photo to make room for a title. She surrounded the cutout area with two round images stamped with a brush and added color. Heather then placed text inside the circle for her title.
SOURCES: Software: Digital Image Pro. Font: Favorite Things by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals (circle brushes), Michelle Coleman for Scrapartist (flourish brush), Heather Ann Designs (stitching, flower, brad, notebook paper, blue pattern, border), Digital Design Essentials (brown pattern).
Make Paper Piecings with Dingbats
Design by Margie Scherschligt
Margie used a dingbat font for the pieced ornaments that adorn her Christmas layout. She gave them center stage in the large tree piecing, letting them be the main source of interest on the design. She kept to muted tones to keep the color in check.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (red), BasicGrey (background), KI Memories (stripe). Font: Tis the Season by Two Peas in a Bucket. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Words: 7Gypsies.
Scrapbook Multiple Photos with a Photo Collage Template
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin was able to pack in lots of photos on this page about Christmas-day festivities by using a digital photo collage template to size and arrange them. She left one of the template spots open and filled the space with patterned paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (circles), My Mind's Eye (stripe), Little Yellow Bicycle (decorative edge). Font: SP Chi-Town. Chipboard accents: Maya Road. Adhesive gems: Hero Arts. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage #215.
Contain Photo Groupings with Large Design Elements
Design by Robyn Werlich
Robyn drew attention to a cluster of holiday photos on this scrapbook page by placing supersize die-cut brackets on either side of her collage. The bright green color draws your attention to the action, while subtle textural touches keep the background interesting.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green), K&Company (stripe, red), Making Memories (pink), Scenic Route Paper Co. (cream ledger). Font: American Typewriter Condensed (journaling) off the Internet. Die cut: 7Gypsies. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Chipboard numbers: BasicGrey. Pen: Krylon. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Die-cutting machine: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Create a Photo Strip of Decoration Snapshots
Design by Peg Manrique
One of Peg's favorite things about the holiday season is pulling out her decorations and making her house festive. She commemorated this tradition by creating a quick Christmas-theme scrapbook page with a collage of photos of her decorations, some chipboard letters, and a few rub-on flourishes.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Chipboard letters: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design.
Scrapbook a Sequence of Events with Same-Size Photos
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi used photos that were the same size to tell her story on this scrapbook page about Christmas-morning activities. She used a digital photo collage template to size and arrange her photos, printing out the sheet as one piece, and then added her title, journaling, and embellishments.
SOURCES: Cardstock: My Mind's Eye. Font: Revive OV off the Internet. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage #209. Chipboard letters: Cosmo Cricket. Ribbon: American Crafts. Photo corner punch: EK Success.
Put a Spin on Traditional Christmas Colors
Design by Michelle Rubin
Michelle used pretty pastel colors and polka dots to convey her Christmas spirit on this scrapbook page. To ensure that her journaling would pop, Michelle made the background of her text box red in her word-processing program and typed in white, then printed out the text and cut it into strips.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (pink), Doodlebug Designs (aqua). Patterned paper, die cut: My Mind's Eye. Font: Rockwell. Stickers: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: Fancy Pants. Adhesive: 3l (foam). Photo paper: Epson.
Scrapbook Holiday Parties
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon documented a holiday karaoke night with friends on this whimsical scrapbook page. She used a collage template to size and arrange her photos, then mounted them atop fun patterned papers and added a few embellishments.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (multicolored dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green dot), Love, Elsie (snowflake). Ink: Colorbox by Clearsnap. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), 7Gypsies (circle), KI Memories (trees). Chipboard accent: Scenic Route Paper Co. Pen: American Crafts. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage #112.
Journal with a Poem
Design by Leah Fung
Creative journaling in the form of a poem matches the silly tone of Leah's photos. Picture strips printed in both black-and-white and color serve as borders, and folded paper becomes a Christmas bow. Playful embellishments include a knotted ribbon and sparkling sequins glued to the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Fonts: Pharmacy (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Ribbon: Offray. Corner Rounder: Creative Memories. Sequins: Darice.
Scrapbook Christmas-Morning Present Opening
Design by Sheila Doherty
Sheila scrapbooked a sequence of photos of her daughter opening presents Christmas morning on this two-page layout. She printed most of the photos the same size and arranged them in a band along the bottom of the spread. The focal-point photo was printed larger and given a special spot on the page to make it stand out.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Jane Austen off the Internet (tag), Gill Sans (title, journaling). Rub-ons: 7Gypsies. Gems: Target. Tag: Making Memories. Heart accents, fabric letters: Heidi Swapp.
Make Paper-Pieced Scrapbook Page Embellishments
Design by Natasha Roe
On Natasha's layout, a paper-piecing stocking dresses up the front of a hinged journaling book. Her page has a vintage feel, thanks to paisley papers, deep colors, and a sepia-tone photo. She distressed her papers, photo, and chipboard-letter title to continue the aged effect.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, brads, photo corners, hinges: Daisy D's Paper Co. Mesh paper: Magenta. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Offray. Corner rounder: Marvy Uchida.